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crosscut sled, add miter?

I made the CC sled from Family Handyman. I was thinking, does anyone attache a miter gauge to it? I see alot of miter gauges with built in extensions, then I see sleds But I don't see both. Would an easier way to be just having wooden blocks of certain angles to place on the CC sled as a guide?
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imho... the sled, built to cut 90 degree cuts with dead on accuracy is just for that. I do attach stops when needed.


when I need angle cuts, I go to the miter gauge or miter saw. if it is 45 degrees, I built a sled for those too.
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you can make it adjustable...

The fence at the front is fixed, but there are 2 adjustable smaller fences for miters like on this one I made. I use a digutal protractor or a draftsman's triangle to set it up:







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TimPa's answer pretty much covers what I was going to say.

You can customize a sled to do anything you want.

I guess I will ask, are you planning on all these wooden blocks at some variety of angles because you have a need for them? If you do, it will be time well spent. If it is just a feature you might need somewhere down the road spending the time and having a stack of blocks that you might need, organizing them, marking them, storing them could end up a big waste of time and material.

I expect waiting until you need some angle for some project could easily be made when the need arises.

woodnthings, that is a great idea.

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The fence at the front is fixed, but there are 2 adjustable smaller fences for miters like on this one I made. I use a digutal protractor or a draftsman's triangle to set it up:







http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f27/t...d-build-49218/
I like that! I can easily do that. Insert nuts near the middle then flange Bolt underneath some form of recessed Gap? I should have done that before assembling my sled

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Not what I used....

I worked from the bottom/back side using a 1/2" rabbet and a 5/16" straight bit. I used a radius jig that I made just for this project. It had pivot points at one end and a mount for the router base at the other. I used a Dewalt 611 router, a great small router.

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Add miter capability???? Definitely yes.

I like Woodsnthings design.

I have a home made crosscut sled and I also have this.

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My sled has a 1" ply base and it's already assembled. You don't think I could just plunge in there with the bit using the jig from the top?
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Here's my take ...

Leave your sled as is. Make a new sled for 45 degrees, since the adjustable feature is not used unless you are making segmented bowls or "weird' angles. If you want, make an adjustable sled for those rare occasions. In my shop I haven't used the sled I made yet ..... since I find accurate miter gauges just fine. My RAS is set to 90 "permanently" so I got that covered. I don't make many picture frames or mitered doors, but I would use my Incra or the Orborne for those.

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Don't get too complicated, most multi-purpose jigs, etc. are made by guys with too much time on their hands, it is not too hard to figure out what "you" need and that is all you need.
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ok fair enough. I'll worry about it when I have to worry about it. I just like looking at cool tools! Shiny object syndrome I guess.
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ok fair enough. I'll worry about it when I have to worry about it. I just like looking at cool tools! Shiny object syndrome I guess.
Clearly, building on our success and learning from our failures is the cornerstone of the learning process. Having the success of a well made sled and wanting to build upon that success naturally leads to what other options can I add to it.

Having tools and equipment in advance of projects or buying/fabricating just what you need in a "minimalist" way is a personal choice.

I will say, when you make something using your sled, there will be some satisfaction.

Good luck.
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